Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $120,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To develop genomic assays targeted at the human?associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Fangqiong Ling

    To develop genomic assays targeted at the human?associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater

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  • grantee: Mycological Society of America
    amount: $28,500
    city: Lawrence, KS
    year: 2015

    To highlight ongoing studies of fungi in the built environment and increase understanding of fundamental processes that influence fungal communities at the 2016 annual Mycological Society of America meeting

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Rachel Adams

    To highlight ongoing studies of fungi in the built environment and increase understanding of fundamental processes that influence fungal communities at the 2016 annual Mycological Society of America meeting

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  • grantee: University of Toronto
    amount: $116,035
    city: Toronto, ON, Canada
    year: 2015

    To support a series of dissemination and engagement activities for Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) and Chemistry of Indoor Environments programs at Indoor Air 2016, as well as pre- and post-meeting workshops

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jeffrey Siegel

    To support a series of dissemination and engagement activities for Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) and Chemistry of Indoor Environments programs at Indoor Air 2016, as well as pre- and post-meeting workshops

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  • grantee: Emory University
    amount: $10,165
    city: Atlanta, GA
    year: 2015

    To conduct planning activities to organize a multidisciplinary workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Ruth Berkelman

    To conduct planning activities to organize a multidisciplinary workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

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  • grantee: New York Academy of Sciences
    amount: $12,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled "Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome"

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Brooke Grindlinger

    To support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled "Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome"

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $256,641
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2015

    To conduct a pilot study to determine how microbial and chemical emissions from commercial air conditioners impact the microbiome of occupied spaces

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jordan Peccia

    Air conditioning (AC) systems cool and dehumidify air. The process deposits moisture on the cooling coils, creating an environment conducive to microbial growth. We know very little, however, about the microbes that grow on AC units or how these microbes affect and interact with the microbial populations of the buildings they cool. This grant supports Jordan Peccia, associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale, who will lead a multidisciplinary team in a pilot study examining how the microbial and chemical emissions of commercial air conditioning units impact the microbiome of occupied spaces. Over two years, Peccia and his team will characterize the bacterial and fungal communities present on the cooling coil surfaces of commercial air conditioners, estimate the microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC) emission rates from commercial AC units, and quantify the influence that AC emissions have on the indoor air and surface microbiome of occupied spaces. The team will initially sample 40 different commercial air conditioning units and use these samples to examine how microbial population structure is affected by a host of environmental variables, including outdoor climate, coil moisture, and coil temperature. They will then measure AC microbial emission rates and the characteristics of emitted microbes to study how these correlate with the surface and air microbiome composition in the buildings these units cool.

    To conduct a pilot study to determine how microbial and chemical emissions from commercial air conditioners impact the microbiome of occupied spaces

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  • grantee: University of Aberdeen Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $335,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To improve representation of the built environment fungi in the UNITE, an open access database for molecular identification of fungi

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Andrew Taylor

    This grant supports an initiative by Andy Taylor at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with Urmas Kхljalg at the University of Tartu in Estonia, that aims to significantly expand the UNITE database, a key resource used by mycologists in the genomic identification of fungi. The UNITE database contains genetic sequences of known fungi, which allows researchers to identify unknown fungi collected at field sites by matching the genetic sequences of collected samples to the master samples in the database. Unfortunately, the UNITE database lacks reliable standard sequence data on many of the fungi commonly found in indoor and built environments, which deprives researchers working on the microbiology of the built environment of a powerful tool for taxonomic identification. Over the next two years, Taylor and Kхljalg will target and sequence previously unsequenced fungal strains relevant to human and built environments, hold two sequence annotation workshops that aim to improve the quality of available sequence data, and develop metadata standards and protocols that will enable better inter-database comparison of collected fungal data.

    To improve representation of the built environment fungi in the UNITE, an open access database for molecular identification of fungi

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  • grantee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    amount: $49,724
    city: Piscataway, NJ
    year: 2015

    To determine how commonly emitted fungal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) influence the growth and metabolism of other microbes in a shared indoor environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Joan Bennett

    To determine how commonly emitted fungal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) influence the growth and metabolism of other microbes in a shared indoor environment

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $99,613
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Maria Dominguez-Bello

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

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  • grantee: The University of Chicago
    amount: $80,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jack Gilbert

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

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